Change Ups: Holland Arts Council hires Rivera


    After evaluating more than 130 candidates and completing four rounds of interviews, the Holland Area Arts Council hired Renese Rivera as executive director. Rivera most recently worked as the head director of the Munroe Center for the Arts in Lexington, Massachusetts, where she was responsible for strategic direction, day-to-day management, arts educational programming, budget management, fundraising and board governance. Rivera is relocating to Holland alongside her husband, who is a new professor at Hope College.


    The Society for Human Resource Management awarded the Association of Human Resource Management its EXCEL Platinum Award for the chapter’s accomplishments in 2017. AHRM’s greatest accomplishments for that year include creating an innovative professional headshot photo lounge at the annual MISHRM conference as a fundraiser for the SHRM Foundation.


    Brad Haverkamp joined Chemical Bank’s Lakeshore Community Bank as president and commercial group manager. LCB includes Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Fremont and surrounding cities.

    ChoiceOne Bank in Sparta was recently honored as a finalist in the Startup Innovation category at the 2018 Best of FinXTech Awards, which recognizes innovative partnerships between banks and Michigan startup fintech companies that have been operating for less than five years. ChoiceOne’s latest partnership is with Detroit-based Autobooks.

    Macatawa Bank announced Kaydi McMahan joined the mortgage sales team as mortgage loan originator II in its Grand Rapids market.

    Tom Regan joined Independent Bank’s residential lending team as a senior residential loan officer.

    Union Bank announced Steve Millman joined its board of directors.


    Calder Capital LLC announced the successful sale of Dowagiac-based Securit Metal Products Company to an individual investor. Calder Capital served as the exclusive merger and acquisition adviser to the investor.

    Laura Epker joined Windquest Group as accounting supervisor.

    X-Rite Inc. and Pantone LLC announced six new libraries for PantoneLIVE, a cloud-based digital color standard ecosystem that was developed with their PantoneLIVE Preferred Partner for ink supply, Sun Chemical. The six dependent standard libraries are ideal for UV-cured flexography printers and converters, allowing them to accurately match achievable Pantone Colors in label and carton applications. 


    Wolverine Building Group hired Benjamin Amponsah as human resource director; Annette Zimmer and Kurtis Fritz as project managers; and Michelle Glover as marketing and communication manager.


    Zak Kruskie of Allegan recently graduated from the Joint Michigan Apprentice Program to earn U.S. Department of Labor certification as a journeyman electrical lineworker. Kruskie fulfilled his on-the-job training requirements at Great Lakes Energy, where he is employed as a lineworker for the electric cooperative’s Wayland service area.


    Madcap Coffee Co. restructured its wholesale department in order to keep pace with the company’s rapid growth. To meet the demand for increased avenues to connect with existing and potential customers, the company appointed Carly Polins to business development manager and promoted Alexis Christie to account manager.

    Thornapple Brewing Co. celebrated its first anniversary. On tap were 36 of Thornapple’s beers, ciders and meads, as well as a variety of wine and spirits.


    East Grand Rapids City Manager Brian D. Donovan announced he will retire from his role this coming winter, after a career in public service spanning more than 35 years.


    Allegan General Hospital received a $27,445 grant from the Perrigo Charitable Foundation for a CX50 mobile ultrasound machine so patients are not required to travel to the hospital.

    Elizabeth (Betsy) Bakeman recently became president-elect of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

    Dr. Ritu Mathur moved her Lakeshore Health Partners – Foot & Ankle practice to 3299 N. Wellness Drive, Building C, Suite 230, Holland.


    The city of Grand Rapids recently unveiled public improvements to Aberdeen Park following a 10-month park redevelopment effort. New park amenities include a Michigan-themed splash pad, restroom improvements and accessibility upgrades, new benches and litter receptacles. 


    Neil Youngdahl, a recent graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, joined Varnum’s Grand Rapids office. Youngdahl will work in a variety of areas before committing to a specific area of law. Beginning this fall, Youngdahl will serve a two-year judicial clerkship with the Hon. Sean F. Cox in the Eastern District of Michigan, returning to Varnum in 2020.


    Kelly Prielipp joined Comstock Park-based Nucraft Furniture Co. as vice president of operations.

    Lindberg/MPH in Riverside announced the shipment of a gas fired aluminum stack melting and holding furnace to a manufacturer of recreational vehicles. The equipment provides additional melting capacity and efficiency for a new die casting machine installation.

    Smart Vision Lights in Muskegon announced the addition of long-range optics to its LM Series of miniature linear lights for machine vision. The LM45 and LM75 “mini-linis” now include 16-degree (N16) and 25-degree (N25) lens options, in addition to the standard 40-degree, the wide-angle 80-degree and the line lenses.

    SoundOff Signal in Muskegon announced its Grid Light, which features a tricolor silicone pod, an industry first in both color and lens technology that delivers on the sustaining advantages of silicone over conventional polycarbonate optical light lenses: high durability, versatile use, multicolor alternative to a beacon and a brighter light output. The company also introduced the ODDM-3XT OverDriveTM light module for Cognex cameras.


    Diana Schad is now CEO of the Family Business Alliance.

    The Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation and Alpha Family Services of Greenville both received $10,000 from the 10th annual Art Van Charity Challenge.


    Sabo PR LLC promoted Katelyn Crain to senior associate.  


    The Ada Village General Store hired Jennifer Welles to serve as its general manager. The store is located inside the historic Ada Little Red Schoolhouse, where work is currently taking place inside and outside the 159-year-old building to prepare for its grand opening this summer.

    SpartanNash Co. announced Douglas A. Hacker was elected lead independent director by a unanimous vote of the board’s independent directors, succeeding Timothy O’Donovan, who, along with Mickey Foret, retired from the board.


    Pal’s Diner , 6503 28th St. SE in Cascade is now Dan’s Diner.


    Tarps Now in St. Joseph announced the release of military grade tarps and covers that are engineered to meet the specifications for the U.S. Forestry Service, military grade tarps, covers and fabrics meeting the specifications of the military branches, as well as state, federal and municipal governmental agencies.


    The Grand Rapids Griffins and Farm Bureau Insurance announced William C. Abney Academy was chosen as the winner of the fourth annual $15,000 Media Room Makeover Contest.


    Blue Medora announced BindPlane for Microsoft’s Azure Log Analytics, the latest addition to the industry’s first purpose-built monitoring-integration-as-a-service, allowing unified monitoring across the growing number of multicloud environments.

    Newport-based EMP Defense, in partnership with Digital Business Creations and MONNIT Corp., have completed the design stage of a Proof of Concept, transforming EMP Defense’s CMCE lightning suppression products into a packaged internet of things dynamic devices.

    Service Express launched a new corporate brand strategy to highlight its commitment to service, customers and employees. Its new tagline is People-Powered Data Center Solutions.


    Northern Jet Management announced the appointment of Christopher (Chip) Schultz as vice president of operations.

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